Guess what? These Halloween events Seattle families love are the perfect excuse to dress one up more time

Halloween is right around the corner and we know that means your kiddo is itching to put on that totally adorable Halloween costume and take it for a spin as many times as possible, before heading out to trick-or-treat around the neighborhood on the big night. Help ’em out when you take your sidekick to one of these Halloween events in Seattle that doesn’t skimp on fun (or candy). Let’s get “boo” it!

Our favorite Seattle Halloween events for babies & toddlers

Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo

The zoo's Halloween event Seattle families clamor for is back for 2022. So grab your costumes to enjoy this weekend of Halloween festivities, and all kinds of pumpkin eatin' at the zoo's Pumpkin Bash. Watch as hippos, otters, bears, penguins, and other animals gobble, smash, and play with pumpkins and other autumn-themed treats, part of the zoo’s excellent animal enrichment care program. It's also a chance for your costumed kiddos to trick-or-treat around the zoo, going from one station to the next.

Insider Tip: During Pumpkin Bash, one child 12 years and under in costume is admitted to the zoo free with a paid adult admission.

Dates: Oct. 29 & 30, 2022
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Trick or Treat with Farm Animals

Put on your Halloween costume and head over to Kelsey Creek Farm in Bellevue for this fun mini event. Kids ages 2-10 will get to go trick-or-treating with the farm animals and see what costumes they're wearing. Plus they'll have a ghoulishly good time decorating a trick-or-treating bag, making a paper plate jack-o'-lantern, and visiting the real pumpkin patch. Come dressed for the weather because this Eastside favorite takes place rain or shine.

Date: Oct. 29, 2022
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Related: The Best Seattle Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating Fun

Ride the Halloween Train

This Halloween, a costumed train ride is in order for your little ghouls and goblins. It's all aboard for a fun-filled two-hour train excursion that puts the changing colors of the scenic upper Snoqualmie Valley on display. The train will be decked for fall, bringing the sights outside in. The journey begins as you go west to the top of Snoqualmie Falls, stopping at the top to enjoy the view. Then it's time to return east to the Railway History Center for a 30-minute stopover that includes seasonal activities and a visit the Train Shed Exhibit Hall. Costumes are encouraged, and all children arriving in costume will receive a small prize! Tickets are required.

Dates: Oct. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2022
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Haunted Hike

Although families can always expect a wild time at Northwest Trek, things are getting spooky on the weekends in October. So dust off your Halloween garb and prepare to wander past magical lights, eerie spider webs, and pumpkins everywhere as you work to solve the mystery of the forest. Is it ghosts? Goblins? Bigfoot? It’s up to you to figure it out during this park-wide scavenger hunt. Remember to end your exciting adventure with time at Kids’ Trek where your little ghoulies can slide, climb, jump, and explore until they’re boo-ed out.

Dates: Fri.-Sun., Oct. 1-31, 2022
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Hoot 'n' Howl

Explore the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park at night—safely! Walk the animal paths, lit with spooky lights and visit multiple trick-or-treat stations along the way. Remember, nocturnal animals are wide-awake for Hoot 'n' Howl and the Kids' Trek Nature Playground will be lit up for the occasion, too.

Dates: Oct. 14-16 and 22 & 23, 2022
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Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp

If you're looking to add something a little wild to your Halloween adventures, bring the kids to Northwest Trek for the annual Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp. A Halloween event Seattle kids love, you'll find the park’s many trails will be adorned with picturesque pumpkins and the many animals that call the park home will get in on the pumpkin love, too. Watch them chomp, stomp and roll all day as they get fed pumpkin treats.

Dates: Oct. 29 & 30, 2022
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Related: Your Guide to Northwest Trek's Can't-Miss Attractions & Experiences

Boo Bash at Hands On Children's Museum

Halloween might be the perfect time to head down to the Hands On Children's Museum in Olympia. Parents can always count on this Halloween event to be light on scary but heavy on fun. The hay bale maze, scavenger hunt, ghost puppet making, and pumpkin decorating are just the right speed for the mini set. And everyone will enjoy science demos on weekends by Dr. Science himself, as well as the costume dance party. You get all this plus over 150 other hands-on exhibits to explore. 

Dates: Oct. 22-31, 2022
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Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

We know you and the kids will have a happy howl-o-ween at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s Halloween-themed weekend. Get ready for ghostly games that'll have you guessing which skull belongs to which animal, who makes that sound, and what does that oversized pumpkin actually weigh? Playing at the Kids' Zone is a great way to round out the day after you've seen the costume parade at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater (it starts at noon). Costumes are encouraged for everyone, that means you too, parents!

Dates: Oct. 15 & 16, 2022
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All the spook-tacular Halloween events Seattle has for big kids

a girl dressed in a dalmation costume sticks her hand in a pretend potion at KidsQuest Children's Museum in Bellevue during a Halloween event in Seattle
KidsQuest Children's Museum

Spooktacular: Potions, Poisons, and Pumpkins

Costumed kiddos will squeal with delight during this Halloween-themed science-based event at KidsQuest Children's Museum. It's a chance for budding scientists to make their own swirly potion, discover poisonous plants and venomous snakes, and then learn their medicinal properties, smash pumpkins with a hammer, plus much more. Registration is required.

Date: Oct. 30, 2022
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Spooky Kooky Concoctions

It’s creepy. It’s kooky. Mysterious and spooky. It’s time to get your goo on at this fam-fave Halloween KidsQuest Museum event that's returning this year. Kids ages 4 and older (alongside their caregivers) get to play mad scientist for the afternoon as they experiment with things that stretch, glow, and float. Registration is required.

Dates: Oct. 27 & 28, 2022
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Related: What's New & Cool at Seattle's Best Family Museums

Have a Hoot on Bainbridge Island

How many squash and pumpkins can you spot at Bloedel Reserve? Woodland owls will lead you on an all-ages scavenger hunt through the gardens in search of gourds, squash and pumpkins. Guess the weight of this year’s largest pumpkin and win prizes at the Shop at the Gatehouse when you complete the scavenger hunt.

Dates: Oct. 1-31, 2022
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Related: 3 Ways to Spend the Day (& Stay) on Bainbridge Island

Fear on the Pier

Highline MaST Aquarium’s annual Halloween festival will be full of hands-on activities, skeletons, and creepy crawlies of the sea. Come learn about different bones and help put together real marine mammal skeletons, learn about cool specimens, and enjoy many other activities. Admission is free and come in costume to receive a spooktacular treat.

Date: Oct. 29, 2022
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Annual Halloween Children's Concert

Dress up and have fun with the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra at the annual Halloween Children's Concert. It's great for all ages but especially for young children and anyone who has any sensory sensitivities. Take this opportunity to introduce live, orchestral music, and teach children how to be audience members in a light-hearted, casual environment.

Date: Oct. 22, 2022
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Haunted Factory Tour

Seattle Chocolate's Haunted Factory Tour is big on not-too-spooky fun for kids and families. During the 20-minute tour, brave guests are led through the eerie halls and passages of the Seattle Chocolate Factory. Here's the backstory—troublesome spirits from the jungles of Peru have escaped and messed up the chocolate making machines. Can your crew help fix them? Using clues and your noggin you'll solve puzzles to help save the factory...with an opportunity to collect a delicious reward when you do. Tickets are required. 

Dates: Thu.-Sun., Oct. 20-30, 2022
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Related: Wonka-Worthy Chocolate Factory Tours & Classes for Kids

Museum of Fright

It’s that time of year again, when the Museum of Flight transforms into the Museum of Fright for their annual Halloween celebration. Dress in your best space suit, pilot's costume or any other Halloween get-up then head on down for safe, Halloween-themed games and activities that will spark imagination and innovation and get everyone in the Halloween spirit. 

Date: Oct. 30, 2022
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Wild Waves Fright Fest

Gather up your little ghosts and goblins and head to Wild Waves Theme & Water Park near Seattle for their annual Fright Fest. One of our favorite Halloween events on weekends, the park transforms into a scream park with amusement rides and family-friendly activities your little monsters will love. You can count on family-friendly fun Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. But beware, the park transitions to Fright by Night between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., so keep that in mind as you make your plans.

Good to Know: None of the decorations around the theme park are scary. However, Extreme Screams, Voodoo Swamp and the two haunted mazes are not recommended for kids under 13. Reservations required.

Dates: Fri.-Sun., Oct. 7-30, 2022
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Witches High Tea

Calling all witches to one of the best Halloween events in Seattle—a Witches High Tea! It’s a chance to practice your craft and perfect your spells, and costumes are most certainly encouraged. Expect to be welcomed into the 112-year old coven with an ethereal tea service: enjoy savory tea sandwiches, alluring treats and cakes. Witches of all ages are welcome, and for the more seasoned sorcerers, otherworldly libations will be available. Seatings are every half hour between 1:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Tickets available with or without alcohol.

Date: Oct. 30, 2022
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Run Scared 5K & 10K

Earn your candy this Halloween at the 14th annual Run Scared race benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Whether you're signed up for the 10K, 5K or the 2-mile walk/run, you'll want to don your spooky best so you look the part. A treasure hunt and costume contest are all part of the fun, and categories will include best SciFi character, best scariest, funniest and team costumes, and best kids and dogs costumes. The Kids' Dash starts at 8:45 a.m. and although it's free, registration is still required.

Date: Oct. 30, 2022
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Additional reporting by Dhyana Levey

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